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Single Handed Spey and the Airflo Skagit Scout

Posted by chrisdore on July 7, 2018 at 8:55 AM


Recently I received a message from Rob asking if he can learn to spey cast and successfully swing flies with his everyday trout gear.


Here’s a secret: that trout rod you have in your garage will allow you to spey cast. Spey refers to a style of casting, and this can be performed with any fly rod, single or two ha...

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A bit of onstream instruction

Posted by chrisdore on July 2, 2018 at 9:25 AM



Here's a clip that illustrates the importance of perseverance and considered actions when fishing to tricky trout. A load of instructional tips right here so sit back, crack a Moa and enjoy.


Follow the link to the clip below


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Hang Around

Posted by chrisdore on June 25, 2018 at 8:15 PM


We have all been there. A long while of nothing doing and then as we near the end of our retrieve, 'WHAM!' However we have just lifted our fly away from a lunging fish and blown the chance. With a slow start to our sea run season on our estuaries so far, I'm cautious not to let even one opportunity pass by. Those final moments of the retrieve, where you prepare...

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Know Your Estuary

Posted by chrisdore on June 16, 2018 at 8:05 PM


It's common for 'big water syndrome' to overwhelm many new to fishing our larger tidal estuaries, however it's not about blind chuck and chancing it. There are reasons some anglers consistently do better than others in big water and when those guys struggle, you know it’s been a tough day.


Estuaries abound with structure, ...

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Quick Spey Tip - Fish out that Retrieve

Posted by chrisdore on June 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Stripping streamers is one of the most efective methods of flushing out fish right? So why do so many spey anglers fish out the swing, then rip the line haphazardly back upstream in preparation of the next cast.

I often take in a couple of strips then let it hang, then repeat. Maybe ‘pump’ the rod to add movement or move the tip wide to swi...

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Rods in Transit

Posted by chrisdore on June 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM


So personally I'm not a fan of rods riding on bonnets and roofs, attached by a magnet or suction cupped contraption, holding on against the ever changing elements. There are too many trees around the tracks I drive, Suction lessens with time, moisture and temperature and road scum along with moisture weakens a magnetic grip.

Breaking rods down and packing t...

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An Afternoon with Tim

Posted by chrisdore on June 10, 2018 at 1:50 AM

A cool casting session with Tim today from the Otago Anglers Assn where I found him a very fast and accurate learner.


On the initial casting assessment I identified a number of self-taught faults however by simply moving him into a more comfortable ‘three point grip’ he relaxed immediately, fixing his death grip on the rod, punchy application of power and utilising the wrist and forearm in a more natural, relaxed way. The tracking problem he wanted to work on sim...

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Airflo Forge Flyline Review

Posted by chrisdore on June 5, 2018 at 7:50 PM


The Airflo Forge is the silent weapon, and a worthy addition to your stable.

With a heritage shared by the popular Platinum Chalkstream and Superdri Backcountry, the Forge is a price pointed flyline packing premium performance.

More on the aggressive side than the Elite presentation taper, the Forge delivers a non ridged, general purpose taper capable ...

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Swinging Smarter for Winter 2018

Posted by chrisdore on June 3, 2018 at 4:35 AM


Swinging sexy water.

Don’t just fire out random casts thinking they will work. Identify structure in the water ahead of you and think about how your fly will present to fish holding around that structure. How fast / slow will the fly pass through the bingo zone and should it accelerate, remain uniform or slow as it does so? How deep / near the surfa...

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Fly Tying - The Cochybondhu

Posted by chrisdore on May 30, 2018 at 7:40 PM


The Cochybondhu is a quintessential terrestrial pattern, subtle in the film but super enticing to trout. For all the newbies, the Cochy was the Kiwi anglers Blowfly, before the Blowfly, often our first up searching pattern.

The Cochy was responsible for my first ever hookup on the fly many moons ago, as I expertly worked my size 14 across the cu...

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